Dancing After Hours: Stories by Andre Dubus

By Andre Dubus

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From a real hero of the yankee brief tale comes a luminous assortment that finds the seams of damage, braveness, and tenderness that run throughout the bedrock of latest American existence. In those fourteen tales, Dubus depicts usual women and men confronting damage and loneliness, the inability of affection and the phobia of truly having it. Out of his characters' struggles and small failures—and their unforeseen moments of redemption—Dubus creates fiction that bears comparability to the fast story's maximum creators—Chekhov, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor.

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